Author: Helen Farrell

Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
June 3, 2018

Avid for apricots

Summer’s (almost) here when apricots appear on supermarket shelves. We love their natural blush, as if the fruit’s feigning embarrassment at their own goodness.   These fragrant orbs are loved by all, including the flies often found buzzing around them. Faintly furry and fabulously sweet, apricots are perfect popped into your bag in the morning […]
May 30, 2018

On the ticket gates at Santa Maria Novella

As the high season sets in, holiday goers will notice a new addition to Florence’s main transportation hub: the ticket gates at the Santa Maria Novella train station.
May 12, 2018

A day in the life of The Florentine

The Florentine's Editor-in-Chief Helen Farrell speaks about a day in the life of Florence's English news magazine at Palazzo Tornabuoni, a private residence club/cultural hub welcoming knowledge sharing and creative inspiration.
May 7, 2018

L’Erta Canina

On May days when tourists descend in droves by plane, train and automobile, it’s time to take to the hills—and one steep ascent in particular. Photos by Helen Farrell @helencfarrell Via dell’Erta Canina is a special street, unknown to the masses and often overlooked by locals. One Sunday afternoon, after taking on Florence’s ultimate natural […]
May 4, 2018

Better lighting, more stars

An interview with President Matteo Casanovi

Retreating to radishes

When five stories break a day and Florence’s events scene enters sixth gear, I retreat to radishes. Packed with potassium and folic acid, radishes are the ultimate energy bringer and stress buster. These dainty red roots sing spring; in rural Cheshire I grew up eating radishes in a ploughman’s salad. Delicately peppery and refreshing, they […]
April 30, 2018

Man, nature and machines

Any excuse is a good one to visit mesmerising Montepulciano, even more so this spring/summer due to a top-tier Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition. Held at the Fortezza, Anatomies: Machines, Man, Nature places emphasis on the Renaissance genius’ concept that machines, the human body and nature are all governed by the same universal laws. Expect masterful […]
April 21, 2018

Florence Cocktail Week 2018

Hot on the heels of the success of its previous editions, Florence Cocktail Week promises to shake things up again in the city from April 30 to May 6, with a focus on drinking well and responsibly.
April 17, 2018

A contemporary baron: Francesco Ricasoli

As the spring sun filtered in through the modern offices of millennium-old Barone Ricasoli, owner Francesco Ricasoli spoke to The Florentine about the importance of soil for Sangiovese, a lifetime of research and the estate’s hospitality.   Helen Farrell: In a 2004 interview with wine magazine Decanter you said that the aim was to relocate […]
April 11, 2018

Tobacco factory to change face of Florence

Former tobacco factory Manifattura Tabacchi has received a 200 million euro investment that will convert the 100,000 square meter complex into an all-new residential and cultural hub northwest of Florence.